Walter Mondale was the 42nd vice president of the United States. Born and raised in Minnesota, Mondale’s political success has made him one of the most notable Minnesotans.
In 1964, when Democrat Hubert Humphrey left the Senate to become vice president, Mondale was appointed to succeed him. Mondale served until 1976, when he was elected vice president with President Jimmy Carter on the Democratic ticket.
Mondale's selection of U.S. Rep. Geraldine Ferraro of New York as his running mate in 1984 made him the first major-party presidential nominee to put a woman on the ticket. He lost the presidential election to Ronald Reagan.
Mondale served as ambassador to Japan in the Clinton administration and has worked at a Minneapolis law firm since returning in to Minnesota in 1996.
March 17, 2009 — Two senior statesmen reflect on public life and civic engagement. Former Vice President Walter Mondale and former U.S. Sen. Dave Durenberger discuss their experiences in public life and the need for civic engagement. The discussion was sponsored by the Eugene J. McCarthy Center for Public Policy and Civic Engagement at St. John's University. Midday host Gary Eichten moderated the discussion.
August 25, 2008 — DNC spotlight interview: Midmorning host Kerri Miller speaks with former U.S. vice president, senator and ambassador Walter Mondale about the civil rights struggle of Democratic national conventions past, and his experience as a Democratic presidential nominee. Then: Opening day at the Democratic National Convention.. Midmorning previews the 2008 Democratic National Convention from the Pepsi Center in Denver, where the event will take place all this week. Sen. Barack Obama will accept the party's nomination for president on Thursday night. Guests: Howard Fineman: Senior Washington correspondent for Newsweek Magazine. John Nichols: Washington correspondent for The Nation.
May 20, 2005 — That's former Vice President and Minnesota Senator Walter Mondale...along with music from the Minnesota Opera's performance of "Nixon in China" -- by John Adams.
December 27, 2004 — Until 2004, Minnesota had largely been on the sidelines when it came to contested states in presidential elections... At least for the past couple of generations. Largely because of Minnesota's prominent national politicians; Mondale, Humphrey, McCarthy -- the state had been taken for granted by both parties as solidly Democratic when it came to presidential politics. The 2004 race proved Democrats and Republicans now view Minnesota as a state that could go either way.That's why the presidential campaigns spent so much time and money here. Minnesota Public Radio's Mark Zdechlik prepared this look back at Minnesota's battleground role in the 2004 race for the White House. MIDDAY.
December 14, 2004 — A panel of Twin Cities community leaders say they're discouraged by the attitudes of Minnesotans who are fed up with immigrants. A new study has found that many Minnesotans believe immigrants are a drain on public services and that they shun assimilation. The opinions were strongest among people living in the outer-ring suburbs. The panelists were brought together by the Minnesota Community Project, a group founded by former Vice President Walter Mondale. The discussion today at the U-of-M's Humphrey Institute was designed to debunk misperceptions about immigrants. Minnesota Public Radio's Lorna Benson reports.
December 13, 2004 — Minnesotans attitudes about the role of government, community and immigration are changing for the worse, say the authors of a report due to be released tomorrow. The Minnesota Community Project, a group founded by former vice president Walter Mondale, commissioned the study. The majority of the people involved in the study expressed favorable attitudes toward immigration. However, the authors say they're particularly dismayed over data showing a streak of hostility toward immigrants, especially by people living in the outer ring suburbs. The study's authors say those attitudes go against Minnesota's tradition of tolerance and acceptance of newcomers. MPR's Brandt Williams reports:
April 6, 2004 — Tomorrow morning in Minneapolis, clergy, corporate executives and politicians will take part in the 44th annual Minnesota Prayer Breakfast. Governor Tim Pawlenty is expected to attend, along with former vice president Walter Mondale, CEOs, and a diverse set of ministers. This year's meeting occurs as an increasing number of employers are encouraging workplace discussions of religious values and ethics. In some places, that includes office prayer groups or on-site meditation rooms. Marylyn Carlson Nelson is CEO of Carlson Companies and the co-chair of this year's prayer breakfast. She says the growth of spirituality in the workplace is an outgrowth of several converging factors.
April 9, 2003 — A panel of Demcrats led by former Vice-President Walter Mondale remembered the so-called, "fabulous 89th", the Congressional session where many of this country's most familiar social programs became law. Now, thirty-five years later, many of these programs are facing Republican attempts to modify or even end them. Mondale, then a newly-appointed senator, says the 89th Congress is best remembered for it's civil rights initiatives.
January 7, 2003 — Senator-elect Norm Coleman will be sworn-in later today in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.. Coleman, a Republican, takes the seat held by the late Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone who was killed in a plane crash just eleven days before the November election. Coleman went on to defeat Wellstone's replacement on the ballot Vice President Walter Mondale. As Senator, Coleman will be part of a new... and narrow... Republican majority in the U.S. Senate. Joining us on the line is MPR's Mark Zdechlik.
December 6, 2002 — The latest campaign spending reports confirm that Minnesota's U.S. Senate race was by far the most expensive in the state's history. The race, considered one of the most competitive in the nation, ended with Republican Norm Coleman defeating former Vice President Walter Mondale. Mondale entered the race after DFL Senator Paul Wellstone died 11 days before election day. In total, Mondale, Wellstone and Coleman raised nearly 25 million dollars. Minnesota Public Radio's Tom Scheck reports..